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Our Christmas show for 2013 was the sumptuous brand new production of Tchaikovsky's “Sleeping Beauty” which opened the Bolshoi Theatre season after its 6 year, billion dollar renovation in November 2011.

You will immediately see that this is a production in which no expense was spared. You can get an extremely good idea of what a superb production it is by viewing the screenshots and reading the comments of Hank McFadyen on HDVDArts here.


This is a lavish and stately production.  True to the Russian and Bolshoi approach, precision, purity of the classical line and technique are paramount and polished on delivery without quibble or quaver. If precision, cohesion and fluency of the corps de ballet in performance were the stamp of a dance company’s supremacy, the Bolshoi Ballet amply demonstrates it maintains its place as one of those rarefied few.

Independent Dance Review

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OperaDou says:

The majority of Jury members were very enthusiastic about this production, praising the dancing, the costumes, the sets, etc. However, a few members found the production too traditional and “sweet” for their taste. Also, a few people did not like the video production. This could be because it is comparatively unusual to see so many long shots (in terms of both distance and timing…). This approach does however give a more accurate vision of the performance rather than the rapid sequencing of shots—often with too many close-ups—that we are usually served up with.


Jury comments:

An excellent production with superb dancers, costumes, music, etc..


Très beau spectacle tant pour la mise en scène que pour la chorégraphie, les costumes, la conception. La Belle au Bois Dormant et son premier sont particulièrement extraordinaire au point de vue performance. Excellent image et son.


Lots of technically excellent dancing etc, plenty of opportunity for dancers to show their stuff - but too classic and traditional for me, and not always full of content. I guess I prefer more content in something a little more radical.


Des danseurs aériens, une mise en scène et des décors de toute beauté et une musique très bien dirigée. Un ballet magnifique, un régal pour les yeux et les oreilles..


Extraordinary! Thought the choreography and costumes were outstanding. Corps de ballet absolutely top! .


Les costumes sont superbes, les danseurs fabuleux et la musique enchanteresse. Un très beau spectacle. Ceci dit je ne trouvé pas la mise en images au meme niveau.


Wonderful performance. I can’t imagine how many hours of work it must have taken to reach this level of perfection !!!


Remarquable mise en scène qui met en valeur des danseurs extraordinaires. Ce disque est susceptible de donner envie au gens qui n’ont pas le goût du ballet et de la danse de découvrir cet art chez eux, alors qu’ils n’iront jamais voir un tel spectacle en live !!!


Very interesting in terms of the musical production and also in terms of the choreography (corps de ballet and individuals…). Superb costumes. A wonderful show which holds your attention all the way through.


Excellent interprètes. Mise en scène spectaculaire. Bien que je ne sois pas fan des mises en scène "contemporaine", je trouve que le décor de Las Vegas redonne une grande fraîcheur à l'histoire de Rigoletto.



Jury ratings:
Production, staging, lighting: A

Dancing / performance: A

HDVD production: B+


Overall ranking: A-

Survey results


In addition to the Jury ratings we also conducted a survey into whether Jury members want to see this production again, would buy or recommend the disc and how they feel it compares with “being there”.


Here are the main findings for “Romeo and Juliet from the Globe Theatre”.


"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in  the cinema?"
60 % answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

"Will you add this DVD/Blu-Ray to your own collection?"
40 % answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

Will you recommend this DVD/Blu-Ray to your family and friends?"
65% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"


And a new record:

"How does this HD experience compare with attending a live performance?"

70 % answered "Significantly better, rather better or comparable.



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